Margaret Fell: Women's Speaking Justified and Other Pamphlets

The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series, Vol. 65

Margaret Fell: Women's Speaking Justified and Other Pamphlets

Edited by Jane Donawerth and Rebecca M. Lush
2018 | 223 + xx pp. | 978-0-86698-595-6 | Paperback 6 x 9 in
MRTS 538 | $39.95 |

OVEME v.65. Margaret Fell (1614–1702), one of the co-founders of the Society of Friends and a religious activist, was a prolific writer and distributor of Quaker pamphlets. This volume offers eight texts that span her writing career and represent her range of writing: autobiography, epistle or public letter, examination or record of a trial, letter to the king, and argument for women’s preaching. These selections also document Fell’s contributions to Friends’ theology, exemplify seventeenth-century women’s English-language literacy, illustrate Fell’s theories of biblical reading, and exhibit the common qualities of Quaker rhetoric.


This wonderful, eye-opening volume enables Margaret Fell finally to take her rightful place, center stage, as one of the founders of the Society of Friends (or Quakers). Tireless and fearless, she spoke her truth to Friends and to their opponents — including the king — for many decades, enduring periods of harsh imprisonment as a result. This selection of her writings, comprising many genres, reveals her to have been an adept and assured rhetorician, by turns admonitory and exultant, measured and mystical, prophetic and practical. The editors’ judicious and meticulous scholarship opens fascinating perspectives onto Fell’s life and work for scholars and students alike.
Hilary Hinds, Professor of Literary Culture, Lancaster University